EDWARD N. GIDEON, JR.
Edward Gideon is a former U.T. student who represents the giving nature of the Burnt Orange spirit.
He attended U.T. from 1968 thru 1972
- Intramural Football Championship team member, Delta Tau Delta 1969.
- Intramural Softball Championship team member, Delta Tau Delta 1969.
- Fraternity house manager, Delta Tau Delta 9/68-5/69
- Fraternity Treasurer, Delta Tau Delta 9/69-5/70
- Outstanding Company Cadet, Fort Knox, KY, ROTC basic training, August 1970
- Outstanding Company Cadet, Fort Riley, KS, ROTC summer training, August 1971
- Distinguished Military Student UT May 1972
- Commander of Army ROTC Corp of Cadets, University of Texas, Austin, 9/71—5/72
- Distinguished Military Graduate UT May 1972
After graduating from Texas"
- Ed served in the Army as a Vietnam-era Infantry Platoon Leader from 1972-1975 and an advisor and aide to General Officers in the Army.
- Outstanding Cadet Award—Sons of the American Revolution
- Army Commendation Medal, 1975
- Airborne Qualification, August 1972
- Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Spring 1973
Edward's life journey is full of "giving back" in many ways"
- Member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Greensboro, NC
- Boy Scouts of America(Greensboro)—former member of Board of Directors, Executive Committee
- Assistant Scout Master, Boy Scouts of America, 1987 & 1988. My two sons each achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.
His passion in life is to offer “meaningful assistance” to wounded warriors who served in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Recently he recruited 4 former military to hunt with the wounded soldiers and “hang out” on a ranch in Texas.
The rehabs from their wounds have been phenomenal. The thing that struck me was “if you didn’t know (they were wounded), you wouldn’t know.” Sure if you look for it you can see it, but you have to look for a while. They climb up and down hunting blinds, get up into trucks and down, and they don’t look for or ask for an easy way. They are all smiles, young guys having fun.
Ed has been asked many times why he helps sponsor the hunt. He says "Of course it’s for these soldiers. They deserve it. And it is hugely rewarding to be with them and talk to them.